Water consumers who have had to endure major problems with supply for years in the Fethard and Burncourt areas have been dealt a huge blow with delays now expected in the progress of the €12.4m water supply scheme approved last December.
The long awaited scheme was approved by Minister Phil Hogan and South Tipperary County Council notified the successful contractor and four unsuccessful ones on December 4.
It has emerged that during a fourteen day standstill period two objections were raised by unsuccessful contractors. One of those objections was resolved but the other objection still stands.
Deputy Mattie McGrath said any further delay would be intolerable and critiscised Minister Hogan and Minister of State Tom Hayes for engaging in “self congratulatory” back slapping when the scheme was approved in December.
“We are going backwards every day, People are waiting twenty years for this.” added Deputy McGrath.
County Council Acting Director of Services Jimmy Harney said it was a setback but the rules of the tendering process had to be observed. The council has referred the objection to the project’s consultant engineers. “This scheme is our top priority.There will be a delay now but we don’t know how long” he said. At the moment there is a boil water notice in effect in Skeheenarinky and areas of Burncourt were without water on Monday and Tuesday of this week because of a burst water main.